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AHEPA District 12 Hoosier eHerald

Bringing you all the news from AHEPA District 12.

Brother AHEPAN goes on Honor Flight for WWII Veterans

On Wednesday September 30th, brother Joe Skora was able to go on his Honor Flight. Brother Nick Gianikos of AHEPA Chapter #78 led the effort to fill out the paper work and logistics to have Joe participate in the Honor Flight program.

The American veteran is one of our greatest treasures—the men and women who answered our nation's call, especially at times of our greatest need. At Honor Flight Chicago, their mission is to thank and pay tribute to these heroes—especially the World War II veterans—by bringing them to Washington, D.C. for a day of honor and remembrance at no cost to them.

Brother Nick took Brother Joe to Midway airport bright and early arriving at the airport at 4AM to catch his charter flight to Washington DC to visit the WWII memorial and other memorials. Eighteen hours later he would arrive back from DC with the largest smile you can ever imagine.

On the return flight, every Veteran receives a mail call package which includes letters from family, friends, and even strangers who just want to thank these brave men and women for their sacrifice and service. AHEPA Chapter 78 members wrote their fair share of letters thanking Joe for his service.

Once they arrive back in Chicago, the Veterans are led out by Scottish bagpipes through an honor guard of Veteran bikers all holding large USA flags. Once they come down the elevators they are greeted by another band playing patriotic music and are welcomed, greeted, and cheered by thousands of people.

It is very emotional and touching not only for the returning WWII Veterans but for all those who came to support them and also for the volunteer staff who give them first class treatment the entire day. Members of AHEPA Chapter 78 came to Midway airport to welcome Joe back home.

Joe Skora is 91 years young and a member of AHEPA Chapter 78. When asked about his day, he would simply reply “One of the best of my life, I really have no words to adequately express my experience today that I will never forget”. Joe is one of the nicest and kindest person you will ever meet. He is usually the first in line to donate his time to help at all the AHEPA Chapter 78 events and philanthropic programs.

From everyone in AHEPA Indiana District #12, THANK YOU Joe Skora for your service. You are indeed part of the greatest generation.
AHEPA District 12 encourages all our chapters to reach out to your members who were in WW II and work with them and their families to participate in this Honor flight program. If there is interest from the member to participate, the District is willing to lead/assist in making it happen.

and to ALL our 
World War II Veterans!

AHEPA District 12 applauds all our Veterans!


AHEPA/DOP District 12 Fall Workshop


The Hoosier AHEPA/DOP District #12 annual Fall workshop hosted by the Daughters of Penelope will be on Saturday November 7th at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Full details shown below.

We encourage as many AHEPANS and Daughters to attend. Officers of every chapter should be represented at the workshop. The District lodge attendance is mandatory.

AHEPA Midwest Regional GALA
Honoring Excellence in Service


The AHEPA family in the Midwest is planning for a great event where we will be "Honoring Excellence in Service".

There will be more details coming out in the next newsletter but we ask the entire AHEPA Family to reserve Saturday February 20th for this GALA and Greek night hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Chicago on the Chicago River.

Information we can share at this time is the following:

Saturday February 20th
Time: 6 - 8PM (Food and open bar)
          8 - 9PM (Presentations)
          9 - Midnight (Greek music/dancing)

Location: Hyatt Regency - Chicago
                151 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL

Formal attire/Black tie optional

The list of honorees, pricing, and more details will be issued in next eNewsletter.

District 12 members who celebrate birthdays in November

Chapter 78 - Merrillville

11/17 - Daniel Barajas
11/25 - Nicholas Chimitris
11/23 - George Demitroulas
11/19 - Alex Emmanoilidis
11/04 - Nick Gianikos
11/15 - Pete Hazifotis
11/25 - Harry Kavadas
11/22 - Sam Kyres
11/05 - Nick Mangos
11/17 - Mark Polimus
11/22 - Frank Poulos
11/28 - Harry Prassas
11/19 - William Trakas

Chapter 81 - Fort Wayne


Chapter 100 - South Bend

11/17 - Theodore Poledor
11/19 - Nicholas Thanos

Chapter 123 - Hammond

11/12 - Nicholas Bizoukas
11/01 - James Greven
11/30 - George Kounelis
11/10 - John Loxas
11/18 - Nicholas Loxas
11/25 - Bobby Sirounis
11/05 - George Vesvardes

Chapter 157 - East Chicago/Schererville

11/14 - Gus Kouros
11/06 - Payton Reinoehl
11/26 - Dean Sangalis
11/30 - Ted Tsiakopoulos

Chapter 232 - Indianapolis

11/08 - Alexander Nicholas
11/15 - George Pappaioanou
11/14 - Harry Torney

Veterans Day - November 11th

AHEPA District 12 under the leadership of Governor Sam Benjamin would like to wish all our Veterans a Happy Veterans Day on November 11th. We appreciate all our Veterans for everything they have done and sacrificed for our great country. We live and enjoy our freedoms because of you.

The District would like to once again remind all our chapters, members, and Veterans that if you are an active AHEPAN and served in the US military, we encourage you to register on the AHEPA Veterans website.

The AHEPA Medal for Military Service, approved by the 106th Congress, was first presented to all AHEPA veterans present at the 34th Biennial Congressional Banquet, March 29, 2000. The Supreme Lodge then encouraged its districts and chapters to present this medal to its deserving veterans unable to attend this banquet. It is this committee’s intent to register AHEPA Veterans and have the AHEPA Medal presented at appropriate events at the District and Chapter levels. Funds collected through this effort cover medal production and shipping. Remaining proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Program annually.

AHEPA District 12 encourages all our members to pick up the phone, call, and thank a Veteran on November 11th. It is the least we can do.

November Name Days

AHEPA District #12 would like to wish Χρόνια Πολλά to all those who celebrate their names day in November. 

There are 90 names that celebrate in November. Some of those names are Kosmas, Dionysos, Angelo/Angela, Gabriel, Michelle, Vincent, Gregory, Katherine, Andrew, and many more.

For a full list of names and the dates they celebrate in November
, you may CLICK HERE to access the list.

Sons of Pericles host
"Greeks in Chicago"

For the first time in a very long time, the Sons of Pericles in Illinois hosted a national SOP event.

The main organizers were the SOP South Side chapter and the National SOP lodge.

SOP hosted a wide range of events over a three day weekend.

The "Greeks in Chicago" started with a Friday night reception and social in Rosemont, IL entertainment district. 

On Saturday, the SOP hosted a national basketball tournament that started at 8:30AM and concluded at 5PM. Later that night a Greek night was hosted at the National Hellenic Museum. People were allowed total access to the museum and rooftop terrace. On the ground floor was Greek music (DJ was our very own Pantazis) and Greek dancing along with a open bar. This party went to 2AM and was a big hit and well attended. 

Sunday during the day was reserved for all our outside of Chicago guests to explore the city and enjoy all the attractions including watching the Chicago Marathon if they so chose. Sunday evening was another social at Reverie lounge located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.

Brother, Businessman, Philanthropist, Chris Tomaras passes away

AHEPA District 12 is deeply saddened to hear that Brother Chris Tomaras (Chicago Chapter #205) passed away on October 14th. He was a lover of all things Greek. He was extremely generous to his community and the Greek Orthodox Church. He was a wildly accomplished businessman.
May his memory be eternal.

From the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation which Brother Tomaras founded:

God chooses good people to do great things. Chris P. Tomaras has left a legacy of great things. Mr. Tomaras fell asleep in the Lord on October 14, 2015 at 6:15am.

Chris Tomaras will be remembered for his love of Hellenism, entrepreneurial ingenuity, profound faith and never-ending generosity. His determination and perseverance led to a career as a successful businessman as owner of Kronos Foods and Tomaras Investments. Devoted to his family, friends and those in need, his many acts of kindness demonstrated his spirit of philanthropy and deep love for all. He was a devoted Greek Orthodox Christian, putting his faith into practice. Mr. Tomaras was a benefactor of many churches and Greek Orthodox institutions, including the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center of the Metropolis of Chicago. He was an active member of Leadership 100 and a dedicated Archon of the Order of Saint Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Born in Piraeus, Greece, Chris Tomaras personified Hellenism, while embracing the ideals of his adopted home of America. As Vice President of the World Council of Hellenes in the Americas (SAE), he inspired Greek Americans of all ages to be proud of their culture and heritage, creating programs for Greek youth and sponsoring special cultural events. Mr. Tomaras' generosity spanned across the Greek Diaspora, improving the lives of many Greeks.
It was his passion for education that led him to establish the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF).  Ever mindful of the importance of a college education, he founded the PHSF so that Greek American undergraduates would have the financial resources they needed to complete their education. His vision and generosity have made sure that more than 300 deserving students have received scholarships totaling over $2 million.
Mr. Tomaras has served as leader of a number of civic, community and business organizations, including President of the PanMessenian Federation of USA and Canada.  He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Anatolia College and the founding member of the American Foundation of Hellenic Studies at Georgia State University. Mr. Tomaras has received countless awards such as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology.
The passing of Chris P. Tomaras leaves a great void in our hearts and in our community, yet it motivates us to continue his good deeds. We will lead by his example, mindful of his accomplishments and the words of wisdom he has shared with us.  Our Lord welcomes this good and faithful servant into His Kingdom. We pray for his immortal soul. May the memory of Chris P. Tomaras be ever eternal. 

AHEPA 100 New Housing President

Brother Panos Niarchos, a 35-year member of the Order of AHEPA, is the new President for the South Bend Apartments Board. A Past Indy J.W.R. Chapter 232 President, Brother Panos has extensive experience with ANHC, the AHEPA National Housing Corp. He was a board member on ANHC that built Phase III of the AHEPA 232 Apartments. Also, he has been a board member of the AHEPA 232 Charitable Foundation and served as its Secretary for several years.  

A resident of Winona Lake, IN, most recently Brother Niarchos served as the 2nd Vice-President of AHEPA 100 Inc., and this past summer he was elected District 12 Secretary for 2015-16. 

Notable dates in November History

In the August eNewsletter, we started a new section which lists notable dates in history. Here is a listing of some notable events for every day November.

November 1, 1700 - Charles II of Spain died and was succeeded by Philip V, resulting in the War of Spanish Succession.

November 2, 1721 - Peter I was proclaimed Emperor of all the Russias.

November 3, 1957 - Soviet Russia launched the world's first inhabited space capsule, Sputnik II, which carried a dog named Laika.

November 4, 1842 - Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois.

November 5, 1911 - Aviator C.P. Snow completed the first transcontinental flight across America, landing at Pasadena, California. He had taken off from Sheepshead Bay, New York, on September 17th and flew a distance of 3,417 miles.

November 6, 1860 - Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th U.S. President and the first Republican. He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.

November 7, 1811 - General William H. Harrison led 1,000 Americans in battle, defeating the Shawnee Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe Creek near Lafayette, Indiana.

November 7th - Polish chemist Marie Curie (1867-1934) was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1903, she and her husband received the Nobel Prize for physics for their discovery of the element Radium

November 8, 1942 - Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa, began as 400,000 soldiers under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower landed at Morocco and Algeria.

November 9, 1989 - The Berlin Wall was opened up after standing for 28 years as a symbol of the Cold War. The 27.9 mile wall had been constructed in 1961.

November 10, 1775 - The U.S. Marine Corps was established as part of the U.S. Navy. It became a separate unit on July 11, 1789.

November 11th - Celebrated in the U.S. as Veterans Day (formerly called Armistice Day) with parades and military memorial ceremonies.

November 12, 1974 - The U.N. General Assembly suspended South Africa over its policy of apartheid.

November 13, 1942 - The five Sullivan Brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, were lost in the sinking of the cruiser USS Juneau by a Japanese torpedo off Guadalcanal during World War II in the Pacific. Following their deaths, the U.S. Navy changed regulations to prohibit close relatives from serving on the same ship.

November 14, 1994 - The first paying passengers traveled on the new rail service through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.

November 15, 1777 - The Articles of Confederation were adopted by Continental Congress.

November 16, 1995 - The United Nations charged Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, and his military commander, Ratko Mladic, with genocide.

November 17, 1800 - The U.S. Congress met for the first time in the new capital at Washington, D.C. President John Adams then became the first occupant of the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House.

November 18, 1883 - A Connecticut school teacher, Charles F. Dowd, proposed a uniform time zone plan for the U.S. consisting of four zones.

November 19, 1996 - Pope John Paul II and Cuban leader Fidel Castro held their historic first meeting in the Vatican.

November 20, 1789 - New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

November 21st - French author and philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) was born in Paris (as Francois-Marie Arouet). He was an advocate of human rights who published the landmark Philosophical Letters in 1734. Other writings include; Zadig, The Century of Louis XIV, The Russian Empire under Peter the Great, The Philosophical Dictionary, and Essay on Morals.

November 22, 1963 - At 12:30 p.m., on Elm Street in downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy's motorcade slowly approached a triple underpass. Shots rang out. The President was struck in the back, then in the head. He was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where fifteen doctors tried to save him. At 1 p.m., John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was pronounced dead. On board Air Force One, at 2:38 p.m., Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President.

November 23rd - Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) the 14th U.S. President was born in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. He served from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1857. He was not re-nominated by the Democratic Party for a second term.

November 24, 1859 - Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was first published, theorizing that all the living creatures descended from a common ancestor.

November 25th - American financier Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. He emigrated to America, made his fortune in steel, then became a major philanthropist. Among his gifts; over 2,500 libraries, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He once wrote, "The man who dies rich dies disgraced."

November 26, 1789 - The first American holiday occurred, proclaimed by President George Washington to be Thanksgiving Day, a day of prayer and public thanksgiving in gratitude for the successful establishment of the new American republic.

November 27, 1701 - Anders Celsius (1701-1744) was born in Sweden. He invented the centigrade (Celsius) temperature scale commonly used in Europe.

November 28, 1934 - FBI agents killed bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson near Barrington, Illinois.

November 29, 1929 - American explorer Richard Byrd and Bernt Balchen completed the first airplane flight to the South Pole.

November 30, 1995 - Bill Clinton became the first American president to visit Northern Ireland.

Chicago Field Museum Announces New Exhibition Highlighting Ancient Greece

The Field Museum announced that it will open The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great in November of 2015. The exhibition will take visitors on an extraordinary journey through more than 5000 years of Greek culture—from their Neolithic origins to the expansion of Greek culture into Asia and Africa under Alexander the Great.  Drawing from the collections of 21 Greek museums, it will be the largest exhibition on the ancient Greeks in North America in 25 years.

Today’s World Leaders Praise Greek Courage

OXI Day - October 28th

At 3 a.m. on the morning of October 28th, 1940, Emanuele Grazzi, the Italian ambassador to Greece, delivered an ultimatum from Benito Mussolini to Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas.  Il Duce demanded that Metaxas allow the Italian army free passage to enter and occupy strategic sites in Greece unopposed.

Faced with this demand, Metaxas delivered an unequivocal response in French, the diplomatic language of the day, “Alors, c’est la guerre.”  This brief phrase, “Then, it is war,” was quickly transmuted into the laconic “Oxi,” the Greek for no, by the citizens of Athens.

The Washington Oxi Day Foundation is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization dedicated to informing American policymakers and the public about the profound role Greece played in bringing about the outcome of World War II and celebrating modern day heroes who exhibit the same courage as the Greeks did in continuing to fight to preserve and promote freedom and democracy around the world.

Many of us have seen the "Greek Secret" or the also known as the "PHILOTIMO" video that went viral on social media was produced by the OXI Day Foundation. You may have also seen the "Story of OXI Day" produced by the OXI Day Foundation.

Now you may watch the newest OXI Day Foundation video called "Today’s World Leaders Praise Greek Courage" which was published on August 24th, 2015.


For more pictures on any of the stories shown in this eNewsletter, please click HERE which will take you to the Official AHEPA District No. 12 Facebook page.

Hellenic History Tournament

The 2nd Midwest Hellenic History Tournament will take place on Saturday November 14th starting at 11AM Central time. It will take place at Loyola University Chicago School of Law located on 25 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611.

What is the Hellenic History Tournament?

The Hellenic History Tournament is an educational competition for high school aged students who want to learn about 3,500 years of Greek History. The tournament is open to students in grade 9-12 at the time of the competition. There are no additional requirements to compete.

Students form their own 3-member teams, select a team name, and elect a team captain. Each team member in required to fill out and mail their personal registration form along with a $25 registration fee by the registration deadline. In return, each contestant receives a copy of “Hellenika, Heritage and History” by T. Peter Limber, the book used as the basis for most of the competition questions. Contestants have the summer and fall to study the book and materials.

The tournament takes place during a single Saturday in the fall. All contestants receive a certificate of participation before the competition starts. The competition is head-to-head between teams with teams competing in simultaneous matches in successive rounds. The winning teams in each round advance to the next round where they will face another winning team. A team that loses a match is eliminated. The process continues until the final match between the last two remaining teams. At the end of the final match, each member of the winning team is awarded a $1,000 prize ($3,000 total team prize) and a Hellenic History Trophy. Each member of the second place team is awarded a $500 ($1,500 total team prize).

During a match, questions are asked in an exciting TV quiz show environment that keeps the audience aware and involved. Friends and family members of contestants are welcome to watch. Moderators ask contestants questions while each question and four multiple choice answers is projected onto a big screen. The computer keeps a running log of the teams’ scores. The team that correctly answers the most of the 24 questions is the winner of the match.

All students competing in the Hellenic History Tournament are winners because they have devoted themselves to learn about the history of our heritage and out ancestors’ contributions to world civilization. The AHEPA/Daughters of Penelope chapter that sponsors the first place team receives the Hellenic History Trophy Cup, gets their chapter name and number inscribed on the cup, and keeps the cup for a year, until it has to turn it over to the chapter that sponsors the following year’s winner

It is never too late to help sponsor this new and exciting tournament in the Midwest. AHEPA District 12 encourages all chapters to sponsor this marquee event held in Chicago. The District 12 lodge has committed to sponsoring one team and cover the cost of the books for the three students. This will be an annual tournament so please always be on the look out for high school age students who would be interested in participating and not only learning about Hellenic History but winning a nice amount of money to help with school supplies or towards future college tuition.

Individuals and businesses can also help sponsor a team or just simply support the tournament.

Family Express
2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year 

AHEPA District 12 and AHEPA Chapter #78 congratulates Family Express and AHEPAN Gus Olympidis for being awarded the 2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions’ (CSD) during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show held in Las Vegas.

The Chain of the Year award is the oldest and most prestigious award for convenience retailing in the industry. Valparaiso, Ind.-based Family Express supplanted Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum as Chain of the Year, considered the gold standard in convenience store retailing.

Family Express was founded by Gus Olympidis on Christmas Day in 1975 and today has over 30 locations in Northwest and North Central Indiana. Gus is a AHEPA member of Merrillville Chapter #78. He is the President and CEO of Family Express.

“Over the past 26 years, Convenience Store Decisions has consistently honored convenience retailing excellence. And while there have been some companies gobbled up in acquisitions, the chains we have honored remain industry leaders, starting with Wawa, the first chain of the year winner in 1990. Since then, we have honored a deserving chain annually. But while the industry leaders were relatively easy to identify in the early years, over the past decade, we have found that there are more and more chains deserving of this prestigious award every year,” said John Lofstock, vice president and editor-in-chief of Convenience Store Decisions.

“This across-the-board commitment to convenience retailing speaks volumes about the hard work and commitment each of makes every day to convenience retailing. So while we are here to honor Family Express, this is very much a night to celebrate the work being done by the entire industry. And family-owned businesses like Family Express very much remain the backbone of our great industry,” Lofstock said.

In keeping with tradition, Allison Moran, CEO of RaceTrac Petroleum, CSD’s 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, presented this year’s award to this year’s award recipient, accepted by Gus Olympidis, founder, president and CEO of Family Express.

“Innovation, outstanding operations, superior leadership and the ongoing commitment to convenience retail are the common characteristics of the best convenience store chains in our industry. Family Express embodies all these qualities and more,” Moran said.

“I believe, like most of those at RaceTrac you will find that the Most rewarding aspect of receiving this award is the opportunity it gives you to celebrate the efforts of your people and all they do everyday to make your vision a reality.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our people for a job well done,” said Olympidis. “I’ve been around a long time. Forty years is a long journey. I can’t really think of many things in the space of convenience that we do today that we did some 40 years ago, perhaps with the exception of one thing. Relationships make a big difference in bringing about a different outcome.”

“I’m here before you totally grateful for this recognition” he said, “but I’m here before you celebrating relationships one by one….relationships matter. They matter with employees, they matter with customers, they matter with the trade.”

Saint Nicholas Pins Available

AHEPA District 12 is selling lapel pins to benefit the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York City.

The pins are a hit as the District has sold over 500 of them in the past six months. The District sells them for $10 dollars a piece and all proceeds will go to Saint Nicholas.

If you would like this once in a lifetime collectors items, please contact District Governor Sam Benjamin ( or message us here:

AHEPA Calumet Chapter #157 awards
$16,000 dollars in Scholarships!

For the 2015-2016 academic year, AHEPA Calumet Chapter #157 has awarded 16 scholarships at $1,000 dollars a piece to qualifying students of the AHEPA family.

AHEPA Calumet Chapter #157 in their commitment to advancing the mission of the Order of AHEPA, takes education very seriously. Chapter #157 has awarded over $40,000 dollars in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students who are part of the AHEPA family and are sponsored by members of Chapter #157 since 2013.

The members of Chapter #157 continue their fund raising efforts to support the scholarship program.

The recipients of the scholarships this year are the following:

  • Giana Damianos
  • John Roumpakis
  • Collin David Sroge
  • Payton Dean Reinoehl
  • Panagiotis Kostouros
  • Danielle Koultourides
  • Lauren Koultourides
  • Sotiri Hovardas
  • Sylvie Kristoff
  • Magdaline Mouratides
  • Elena Sroge
  • Jennifer Kristoff
  • Georgiana Stucker
  • George Kanavos

  • Eugenia Skourletos
  • Angela Mouratides
Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients

Tsipras-Clinton discuss Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was in NY in late September and attended the Clinton Global Initiative. You can watch the one on one discussion between PM Tsipras and former President Clinton about Greece going forward.

You can watch the full meeting by CLICKING HERE.

November National Days

Did you know there are many days of the year where something is celebrated. 

For example, August 26th is National Dog Day, December 1st is National Pie Day, May 4th is National Star Wars Day, June 8th is National Best Friends Day, February 9th is National Pizza Day, or October 8th is National Chocolate Day. 

Going forward, AHEPA District 12 will help you not miss any one of these celebrated days by providing the complete list for the next month in each newsletter. Have fun with it...thats the point!

In November, there are many days designated for something fun.

For example:

November 1st - National Authors Day
November 4th - National Candy Day
November 6th - Saxophone Day
November 17th - National Baklava Day
November 26th - National Cake Day
November 27th - Black Friday

And much much more. To see entire list of designated days in October. CLICK HERE.

November is also American Indian Heritage Month, Adopt a Senior Pet Month, National Pomegranate Month, National Alzheimer's Disease Month, along with many others.

FALL 2015 AHEPAN magazine

The Fall issue of the AHEPAN magazine is now available in digital format. The print edition should have arrived to all good standing members by the time of this eNewsletter publication.

Districts 12, 13, and 14, that comprise the Midwest Region VI, are prominently featured in this edition.

You may access the digital edition by clicking the link below.


Order of AHEPA - First 50 years

If you are interested in purchasing the Order of AHEPA - A tribute to the first 50 years book, please contact Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas (email = NJK33@YAHOO.COM)

The book has a wealth of information about the Order of AHEPA and the first 50 years of the organization existence. 

It is a great book for the home collection and makes a nice gift for the upcoming holidays.

The suggested purchase/donation price is $30 dollars. 


AHEPA District 12 hosted their Super Bingo on Friday October 2nd. The bingo was a success with a nice little profit where 100% of the proceeds will go to philanthropic programs.

The District has now hosted 7 Super Bingos since than District 12 Governor Nick Kavadas started the charitable gaming program at the District level. With assistance and consultation from Chapters 157 and 78, the District has been able to be very successful with these twice-a-year Super Bingo's which is the maximum allowed by the State of Indiana.

The District has paid out more than $200,000 dollars in bingo and pull tab prizes since the Super Bingo's started in May of 2012.

The paper work for the next Super Bingo is in process and the requested date to the State of Indiana will be Friday February 12th. Historically, the winter/spring bingo's profit much better than the Autumn bingo's.

As always, thanks to everyone who supports the bingo by attending or volunteering. Please spread the word and let all your friends know about our bingos. All profits go to philanthropic and educational programs.

REMINDER: Pay your membership dues

AHEPA District 12 would like to remind all our members to pay your dues for the 2015 calendar year. The goal is to have everyone paid before the holidays arrive. To be in good standing with the chapter and AHEPA, a member must have his dues paid in full.

Contact your chapter secretary or officers to pay your dues or bring your payment to your next chapter meeting.

District 12 lodge visits
Indianapolis Chapter #232

The AHEPA District 12 lodge made a visitation to Indianapolis Chapter 232 yesterday. The lodge was able to update the chapter on the district goals and share information about future events.

The chapter made a generous donation to the Hellenic History Tournament that will be held in Chicago next month and hosted by AHEPA Chicago Chapter 205.

The Indy chapter will be the hosts of the 2016 AHEPA Family District 12 convention. 

They announced at the meeting that the convention will be on June 11th and will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, Indiana.

AHEPA on Wikipedia

Did you know that AHEPA has extensive content in Wikipedia? 

90% of the content was entered by Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas sourcing various books (i.e. First 50 years of AHEPA book), webpages, and other print materials.

Take a look at the the AHEPA Wikipedia page. Lots of good and interesting information.


Supreme President attends
European AHEPA Conference
(Region 10)

Order of AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis along with Daughters of Penelope Grand President Connie Pillalis attended the AHEPA family Region 10 conference in Stuttgart, Germany.

Supreme President John W. Galanis participated at a leadership conference of AHEPA's European chapters held in Stuttgart, Germany, Oct. 9 and 10. In addition to addressing how AHEPA can grow and expand in Europe, the conference explored ways in which further assistance can be provided to Greece, which is enduring two crises, economic and migratory. AHEPA Friedrich Schiller Chapter 607 , Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg), hosted the conference.

"Congratulations to our European Brothers for coming together to organize a meaningful and productive leadership conference," Galanis said. "I thank them for their participation and enthusiasm.  Excellent ideas were raised for discussion, and we must work together to explore them."

Brother from all over Europe and Greece attended the conference.

AHEPA District 12 lodge visits
Hammond Chapter #123

The AHEPA District 12 lodge made a visitation to Hammond Chapter 123 yesterday. The lodge was able to update the chapter on the district goals and share information about future events.

The District lodge was represented by Lt. Governor George Loxas and District Treasurer Dan Skotadis who both also happen to be members of chapter 123. Past Supreme Governor Nick Kavadas also attended and updated the chapter on a few national items and upcoming regional events.

The chapter made a generous donation to the Hellenic History Tournament that will be held in Chicago next month and hosted by AHEPA Chicago Chapter 205.

The Hammond chapter will be initiating a new member next month and will be having a social gathering at Dynasty banquets for their next meeting.

The chapter normally meets at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Hammond.

AHEPA District 12 Lt. Governor
gets married!

AHEPA District 12 congratulates Brother George Loxas, District 12 Lt. Governor, and Sister Helen Mitrakis, President of Hammond DOP Pleaides #50, on their marriage on Sunday October 18th.

We wish George and Helen all the best and many years of love, health, and happiness. AXIOS!

We are not kidding when we say its the AHEPA Family.

District 14 AHEPA FEZ

AHEPA District 14 (Minnesota, Iowa, North/South Dakota, Nebraska, and Missouri) issues a seasonal publication highlighting all the news from the chapters and district. It is very will done and is great information to see what all our brothers and sisters are doing in the very large geographical District 14.

The Autumn issue of the AHEPA FEZ is now electronically available by clicking HERE and on the district's website. Printed copies have been mailed out to those members without email addresses.

Happy Thanksgiving

The next newsletter will be issued after the Thanksgiving Holiday so AHEPA District 12 would like to wish all our Hoosier members and AHEPANS and Daughters all across the country a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Holiday.

We have many things to give Thanks for and we wish everyone will enjoy Thanksgiving with family and loved ones and be able to express their gratitude to the lord together.

Have a healthy and happy holiday season.

Greece to raise entry prices for museums and historic sites

Entry to some of Greece’s most famous museums and monuments is to become significantly more expensive after the country’s government announced price rises that could go as high as 150%.

AHEPA District 12 new Facebook page. 

AHEPA District 12 has a open to the public Facebook page. Many articles and information has been posted on that page rather than in old group page.

Please like the AHEPA District 12 Facebook page and invite your friends to like the page as well. Link below:

Note: Our brothers in District 13 and 14 also have a new facebook page.
November 7, 2015
AHEPA Northeast Regional Banquet
Brookline, MA

November 7, 2015
AHEPA/DOP District 12 Fall Workshop
Holy Trinity Greek Church
Fort Wayne, Indiana

November 14, 2015
Hellenic History Tournament
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL

November 17-21, 2015
National AHEPA Golf Tournament
Reunion, FL

November 26, 2015

February 20, 2016
AHEPA Midwest Family GALA
Hyatt Regency - Downtown Chicago

151 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL

June 11, 2016
AHEPA Family District 12 Convention
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Carmel, IN

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Help District 12 raise funds for the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in NYC at Ground Zero.

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Hoosier District 12 Chapters

#78 - Merrillville/Gary
#81 - Fort Wayne
#100 - South Bend
#123 - Hammond
#157 - Calumet
#232 - James Whitcomb Riley,

#26 - Kirke, Fort Wayne
#50 - Pleiades, Hammond
#60 - Gaia, South Bend
#81 - Mentor, Merrillville
#212 - Laertes, Indianapolis

Sons of Pericles
#53 - Sophocles, Merrillville
#331 - Hoosier Philotimo, Bloomington, IN

Maids of Athena
#141 - Dionysia, Hammond


Send us Your News
Please let your chapter know that each month our District 12 eNews will report on chapter 'goings-on' from around our Hoosier District! Please send us any info you'd like to share such as community involvement and philanthropy, chapter events, awards, number of new members for the prior month, etc. Please submit your information by email by clicking image above. Note: each District 12 eNews will also include a link to a version that you can print and share with chapter members that do not have Internet access, and we'll post this to our District 12 Facebook page.

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AHEPA District 12 Contacts:

Sam Benjamin

Panos Niarchos

District Communications Director:
Nick Kavadas


AHEPA Region VI Supreme Governor:
Tom Gober
Highland, Indiana

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